Watch brand Blancpain has added to its iconic Fifty Fathoms collection with the launch of the new Bathyscaphe model, now available in London for the first time in Red Gold.
The Fifty Fathoms collection embodies Blancpain’s passion for the underwater world that was originally expressed in 1953 with the creation of the first modern diver’s watch.
The latest addition to the collection is an extraordinary technical achievement as well as a tribute to the pioneers who made scuba diving possible. It is Blancpain’s passion and dedication which opened up whole new vistas for underwater exploration and that continue to inspire its use of innovative materials and new technical solutions in order to push the limits of its timepieces and to fulfil the most sophisticated demands.
The new Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe model houses automatic movement 1315 developed by Blancpain and is exclusive to the brand. The self-winding calibre, stemming from a lengthy quest for simplicity, precision and performance, was conceived to equip watches with a resolutely sporty vocation; and certainly delivers in this new timepiece.
The piece has an extremely dense bimetallic rotor ensuring excellent winding efficiency. The movement design engineers achieved the most effective solution in terms of energy storage. The watch has an exceptional power reserve of 120 hours (five days). Another technical refinement lies in the date display, enabling fast date-change.
While maintaining all the key technical characteristics of the Fifty Fathoms collection, the aesthetic of the Bathyscaphe picks up the signature codes of the original model. The domed black dial is free of any numerals, punctuated only by lines and dots serving as hour-markers, while the date appears in a window at 4 o’clock. The sunburst finish on the dial and the snailed chronograph counters add a sense of depth to the overall effect. The rectangular hands are reminiscent of those featured on the 1950s Bathyscaphe models.
The ceramic unidirectional rotating bezel bears hour-markers filled with LiquidMetal®, a patented metal alloy with an amorphous structure that also enables perfect bonding with the ceramic bezel, thereby accentuating its scratch-resistance. Finally, the presence of Superluminova on the key elements guarantees perfect readability when diving.
This new 43 mm-diameter Bathyscaphe is available in a red gold, brushed black ceramic version with a black dial, or in brushed steel with a meteor grey dial. All models are fitted with a NATO fabric or sail canvas strap – two extremely sturdy materials ideally suited to aquatic use. The steel version also comes on a metal bracelet, a first for this line.